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The Men-B vaccine protects against meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis type B bacteria.
You should get this vaccine if you’re at risk for meningococcal B disease because of:
Talk to a public health nurse to find out if you can get the Men-B vaccine for free.
Other people may also benefit from this vaccine, such as if you travel to an area that has a high risk of meningococcal B disease, but it’s not free.
If you can’t get the vaccine for free, check with your health insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost.
The number of doses you need depends on your age and why you’re having the vaccine.
Ask your healthcare provider how many doses you need.
MenconC is a vaccine that babies get to protect them against type C meningococcal disease.
MenC-ACYW is a vaccine that protects against types A, C, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease. Grade 9 students get it to boost protection for type C and to add protection for types A, Y, and W-135 meningococcal disease. You may also get this vaccine if you travel to an area that has a high risk of meningococcal disease or you have other health problems.
Even if you’ve had a meningococcal vaccine in the past, you may still need Men-B to protect you from type B meningococcal disease.
After the recommended number of doses, between 67% and 100% of people are protected. But protection may weaken over time.
If you need the vaccine because of your work (such as some lab workers), talk to your workplace health and safety department.
If you can get this vaccine for free, contact the public health office in your area.
If you want the vaccine and need to pay for it, contact a travel health clinic or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There can be side effects from the Men-B vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you’ve had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is meningococcal disease? Meningococcal disease is an infection caused by a bacteria. It can lead to a serious infection of the fluid and lining that cover the brain and spinal cord (called meningitis) or blood.
Who is most at risk? You are most at risk for a serious infection if you:
How does it spread?
Meningococcal disease spreads through saliva during kissing or sharing food, toys, or items such as water bottles with someone who has the disease.
Some people do not have symptoms but can still spread the disease.
Current as of: October 28, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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